COG-UK News and Events

The latest news, blogs, events and videos across the COG-UK consortium

Blog / COG Train

15 Sep 2022

“You realise how much you can achieve as part of a network” An educator’s perspective on COG-Train

COG-Train is an international educational initiative providing open-access learning in SARS-CoV-2 genomics. We spoke to Tracey Calvert-Joshua, an educator who took part in the third COG-Train online course.


9 Sep 2022

COG-UK message of condolence

Members of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium were deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and all...


17 Aug 2022

New research reveals how Omicron bypasses the human immune system

A new study by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and clinicians from across the UK has demonstrated that the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant is capable of significant evasion from neutralising antibodies....

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11 Aug 2022

Why the REACT programme provides a model for future pandemic responses

When the UK went into lockdown in March 2020, there were many unknowns about how SARS-CoV-2 would spread through the population. But what scientists did know was that effective surveillance...

Blog / COG Train / Events

21 Jul 2022

“We kept learners engaged in a virtual setting” – Our COG-Train educators tell us about their experience

COG-Train provides open-access learning in SARS-CoV-2 genomics and is facilitating an increase in global genome sequencing and analysis capacity, reducing sequencing inequality, and helping to enhance pathogen surveillance. With two...

Blog / Events / Women in COG

18 Jul 2022

“Never underestimate the importance of building strong relationships” – In conversation with Professor Emma Thomson

Professor Emma Thomson, OBE, is a Professor in Infectious Diseases at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. We spoke to her during our June Women in COG event...

Blog / COG Train

14 Jul 2022

Bioinformatics for pathogen surveillance: Launching our third COG-Train online course

Launch of our third COG-Train online course "Making sense of genomic data: COVID-19 web-based bioinformatics". Explore the tools for web-based SARS-CoV-2 sequencing analyses and learn techniques to prepare data and...


27 Jun 2022

Metagenomics Funding Scheme – Awarded Projects

COG-UK recently launched a scheme to fund new research, with a particular focus on metagenomics. We are pleased to announce that four projects have been funded.

Blog / COG Train

24 Jun 2022

Maximising access to SARS-CoV-2 bioinformatics training: What are distributed classrooms?

COG-Train’s ambition is to provide high quality, open-access training across the world, on all aspects of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and bioinformatics. Key to this is having a model which supports a...

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22 Jun 2022

Development and deployment of a genome analysis tool to track seasonal human coronaviruses

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we have the ability to perform large-scale genomic surveillance of the SARS-CoV2 virus. Harnessing this capability could allow us to track and learn more...

Blog / COG Train

20 Jun 2022

Diaries of SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Training: in Conversation with COG-Train Educators

The recently launched COG-Train programme is an open-access educational initiative focused on providing impactful learning opportunities around SARS-CoV-2 genomics to a global audience. We spoke to two educators who took...

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13 Jun 2022

Early Career Funding Scheme – Awarded Projects

COG-UK has recently launched a new internal fund to support career development in the Consortium. This scheme aims to provide support to early career scientists with a particular focus on...